My students mean so much to me, and I try to give them as many wonderful experiences as possible while I have them. I try to make my classroom “homey” so that the kids don’t feel blah coming into my room. The classroom is filled with cozy chairs, stools and beanbags, along with many area rugs for the students to sit on during group work. I have artwork around the room to help enhance creativity. Students often express that they feel welcomed, safe and good in my classroom. I work hard throughout the year to teach the standards that are required. I try to teach the standards in creative, fun ways so students can have as many experiences as possible. Students are often lacking organizational skills, so I also try to teach my students organizational skills as well as provide real world experiences. Even though I teach in a public school system, and would never leave my position, it is extremely difficult to buy all the materials that are needed for my students. I do not teach in a Title I school, which means we do not get all the resources or money that other schools in our county.
My students will learn how to work cooperatively in groups of four to code an Ozobot to move through a maze as they retell a story. Students will be required to work as a team to retell our weekly reading stories. They will be doing this by drawing the pictures on a large piece of chart paper. They will then need to code the Ozobot to move along the path as they retell the story to the rest of the class. This not only teaches them how to retell, but they are also learning how to work as a team, and learning how to code. Another activity that I plan to teach is multiplication by using the ozobots. By adding Ozobots to our classroom, you are enabling students to learn basic programing and build confidence in their abilities as future engineers. Ozobot coding adds art in STEAM.
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